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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: A Night on the Town in Rome *updated*

May 6, 2011

Thanks to VCal for giving me the heads up about these photos. You can check out all 49 photos here b/c I am only posting a few:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dines at Pierluigi restaurant in Rome with Tony Blinken and other colleagues

And shopping:

9 Comments leave one →
  1. PYW permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:40 pm

    I love these, lol.

    On a more serious note, I’m sick and tired of the critical reaction to Hillary’s comment about the photo. Chris Matthews, among others, is an idiot. If people were being killed when that photo was taken, why not criticize the others in the room, who aren’t reacting at all? Isn’t that worse?

    BTW, Hillary actually does have bad allergies, so she’s probably telling the truth anyway.

    • May 6, 2011 1:26 pm

      I think it’s important to remember that Chris Mathews always was, and always will be, an idiot :). I know lately he’s been sweet on Bill and he’s been much better about Hillary but I really think at the end of the day, he just doesn’t get it.

      I do think the media have been over-analyzing that one photo. It’s become like a Rorschach test that says more about us than it does than the people actually in the photo.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        May 6, 2011 5:27 pm

        There’s another level to this — the inherent sexism.

        It reminds me of the media frenzy over Hillary’s supposedly “losing it” pre-New Hampshire primary and “choking up with emotion” (viz. her eyes briefly misted over). Was she just faking it, manufacturing a few alligator tears for her own sociopathic ends? Was she resorting to an old tried-and-true female [anti-feminist] crying gimmick to melt hearts and garner pity votes? Was she “cracking with exhaustion from decades of yearning to be the principal rather than the plus-one” (Maureen Dowd)? And if she “lost it” on the campaign trail, would she burst into tears negotiating with the new Russian premier? Heck, even Edawards said that Hillary’s show of emotion demonstrated that she wasn’t fit to be president, evidently too soft to handle adversity.

        Too tough, cynical, manipulative. Not tough enough. All we knew for sure was that her misting over was BIG news that captured the headlines for days.

        Why isn’t Chris Matthews curious about what MEN in that war room photograph were thinking or feeling? Obama’s expression in the same photo seems to speak volumes but no-one presumed to ask him what he was feeling in that moment. Why not?

        Why do journalists chose to read “shock” or “fear” in Hillary’s expression?
        Why are they so intent on getting her to ‘fess up that she was overcome with emotion? What would that say or mean about Hillary in their eyes? Was this a veiled reference to her readiness to be Commander-in-Chief?

        Why is her own explanation about suppressing an allergic cough seen as laughable? Is the implication that she lies, she’s duplicitous, she’s incapable of being a real, authentic, genuine human being ?


  2. May 6, 2011 1:39 pm

    I added two new photos of her shopping during the day

  3. Thain permalink
    May 6, 2011 2:09 pm

    Great photos!

    I would go crazy having a posse of security guards following me everywhere I went. No privacy.

  4. HillaryFan permalink
    May 6, 2011 2:54 pm

    Glad she was able to get out for a little bit and see the town and do a little shopping!

  5. PCFS permalink
    May 7, 2011 9:00 am

    Iam so glad she had time to enjoy a nice dinner and shop while in Rome.
    Thanks for the pics.

  6. NancyinCali permalink
    May 7, 2011 11:34 am

    just love these photos

  7. January 25, 2013 8:22 pm

    Man is she a busy women. She really gets out there.

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